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Your chance to have your say over improvements to the A47 in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 08:28 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:46 14 August 2017

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching the hardwick Roundabout, in King's lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

Traffic queues on the A47 approaching the hardwick Roundabout, in King's lynn. Picture: Chris Bishop

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Think it's time for improvements to the A47? Then next week's your chance to have your say.

People who feel strongly about the region’s outdated west-east artery are being encouraged to voice their opinions to the organisation responsible for the road at a series of public events, which begin today.

Highways England, the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving our major A roads has announced it will hold four roadshow events in Norfolk.

They kick off on today, August 14 (11am - 6pm) at the Duke’s Head, on King’s Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place.

On Tuesday, August 15, the show moves on to Sainsbury’s, in Attleborough High Street (12 - 7pm).

On Wednesday, August 16, the venue will be Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra, on Pasteur Rd (12 – 7pm).

And on Thursday, August 17, the roadshow will be at Morrisons in Black Reach, Gorleston (12 – 7pm).

As well as featuring an exhibition of plans for upcoming major roadworks in the region, these roadshows will give people in Norfolk the chance to make staff at Highways England aware of their views on the A47.

Martin Wilby, is chair of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee and chairman of the A47 Alliance, a campaigning group for improvements to the road that brings together the business community, local authorities, MPs and others.

He said: “These roadshows are a golden opportunity to show Highways England how strongly many of us feel about the need to make the A47 a better, safer, more reliable route.

“Highways England has committed £300m to improve the A47, which is very welcome. However it’s so important to keep reminding them and the government of the local demand for these improvements so that work gets under way at the earliest opportunity. We also need them to see the value in making much needed further improvements to the road, with the ultimate aim of getting the whole of the A47 route dualled.”

Highways England held its first Norfolk roadshow event in Dereham last month, with many people turning out to lend their voice to the campaign for getting upgrades to the A47.

The A47 Alliance agreed its priorities for securing further improvements along the route earlier this year. The schemes in Norfolk that have been identified as a priority are dualling the Acle Straight between Acle and Great Yarmouth and dualling the A47 Tilney to East Winch, including the Hardwick flyover, south of King’s Lynn.

The £300m of improvements to the A47 announced by Highways England comprise six schemes, with work slated to start in 2019/20 financial year. Four of the six schemes will be on sections of the road in Norfolk, these are:

• Dualling the A47 North Tuddenham to Easton;

• Dualling the A47 Blofield to North Burlingham;

• Improving the A47/A11 Thickthorn junction;

• Improving A47 Great Yarmouth junctions including reconstruction of the Vauxhall Roundabout.

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